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Re: What did you read in February? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2015, 08:50:00 PM »
Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard. This was an interesting story that wasn't like anything I've seen before. It was a fantasy Aztec murder mystery. It moved at a good clip. Characterization wasn't all that deep, but I was still very interested throughout.

The Blood Knight by Greg Keyes. This was another solid entry in the series (book 3 of 4). I like the characters, and the plot moves along nicely. I'm interested to see how it ends.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I was a little disappointed by this one. Don't get me wrong. It was still a very good book, but I felt like the conclusion didn't live up to the rest of the trilogy.

Shadow's Master by Jon Sprunk. This was a fun, action-packed trilogy. It was gritty, but it still gave me characters to root for. The second book was my favorite, but this was still a good conclusion.

The Obsidian Heart by Mark T. Barnes. I was a bit disappointed with this one. I gave the first in the trilogy a lot of credit for building an interesting world I've never seen before. I forgave some of the plot and character inadequacies. In this one, though, the world didn't feel new anymore, and I still felt the book was weak in respect to characters and plot. It probably doesn't help that I pretty much stopped reading every time it got to the antagonist's point of view. Overall, a solid read, and I will probably finish the trilogy.

The Prince of Lies by Anne Lyle. This trilogy was a lot of fun. I'm not sure why the overall reviews aren't all that good. I like the alternate history Lyle created.

Valor by John Gwynne. This book was a major step up from the first in the series. The writing was much better, and the pacing was better. Instead of putting all the excitement at the end, Gwynne spread it throughout, which made for a more interesting read. I also like Gwynne's take on the whole "Chosen One" story. It feels like a grittier and more complex version of the Belgariad.

Child of Flame by Kate Elliott. Another good entry in her Crown of Stars series. These books definitely have their slow sections, but I like most of the characters, and the world gets more and more interesting as it goes along.

The Rogue Knight by Brandon Mull. Once again, Mull is one of my favorite middle grade fantasy authors. His stories remind me of why I fell in love with fantasy as a kid.

Erak's Randsom by John Flanagan. Another good entry in his MG/YA Ranger's Apprentice series. These books are a lot of fun if you're not looking for anything all that complex. My only complaint is the omniscient point of view that sometimes makes it hard to connect with the characters.

Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov. These stories feel a bit dated, but they're still interesting. I enjoyed some of the twists in this one.